May Runfessions: Utah Valley Half Marathon

Happy Friday all! Not only does that mean the long holiday weekend is upon us, but also means it’s time for another edition of Runfessions and what perfect timing! Why, you ask? Well, the Utah Valley Half is just two weeks away and I have a lot on my mind and soles to runfess, specifically regarding this upcoming race. So, without further delay ….let the cleansing begin!Runfessions (1)

 

I runfess ….. for the past few weeks, on occasion, I have felt an old familiar pain in the top of my foot when walking. So far, it hasn’t bothered me while running but usually within the first few steps after sitting for a while. It is so reminiscent of a stress fracture in the metatarsal I suffered several years ago. In addition, the old ankle injury that really never healed completely is talking rather loudly lately. I’m assuming from the increased mileage. Sigh …. the unraveling continues.

I runfess …. due to the above “unraveling”, I’m seriously considering backing off the long runs and just coasting on in to Utah! I mean, I know I can run 13 miles. It may not be fast or pretty, but I can cross that finish line.

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I runfess ….. I have no idea how the elevation of this course is going to affect my performance. The half starts around 5,200 ft and my hometown sits around a whopping 338 ft …..this could pose a problem. I’m not concerned about altitude sickness since I have visited Colorado Springs and Jackson Hole, both of which sit somewhere in the 6,000 ft of elevation. However, I do remember my lungs screaming for air as we hiked mountains. I’m banking on the fact that we will be descending rather than climbing.

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I runfess ….. I have never run a race that required me to catch a bus at 3:10 AM!! I’m definitely NOT looking forward to that. I mean, seriously? Who sleeps well the night before a big race anyway? Add a 2 o’clock wake up to the picture and what do you have? A zombie run, that’s what. I do not know how all of you “Disney runners” do it! On a positive note ….maybe the downhill course will just pull me to the finish line …half asleep, nauseated from either the bus ride up the mountain and hobbling from all of my “unraveling”!

I runfess ….. despite my concerns regarding my aches and pains, the altitude and the insanely early morning start, I am excited about taking in the beauty of Utah in the best possible manner ….while running! Oh yeah, and then there’s this pretty awesome little perk of getting to meet in person some of the fabulous fellow bloggers I’ve met over the past year! You ladies have not only welcomed me with the warmest of hearts, but have also been such an amazing support group! See you in two weeks ladies!

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I’m linking up with Marcia for her Runfessions link up as well as RachelMeranda and Lacey for the Friday Five 2.0. Thank you ladies for hosting these fun and fabulous link-ups!

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one Runfession at a time!

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Unraveling at 50

Unraveling (1)It’s been a bumpy ride for the LadyBird the past couple of weeks. After going in for what was supposed to be my routine annual checkup, I came out with an abnormal mammogram and a couple of abnormal lab results leaving me feeling confused and a little worried. Who knew you could be ‘sick’ while feeling so great! It can be somewhat deflating to find out that despite all of your efforts at exercising and eating healthy, one can still have an elevated cholesterol level.  Apparently, this sort of thing is 70% hereditary and 30% diet/exercise. So there. Not my fault, right? Something else to blame the parentals for! Anyway, I will attempt to tighten up the old diet a little more, eliminate more sodium and do what I can to prevent having to take a pill. Continue reading

Ultimate Coffee Date: May 2017

With April in the rearview mirror and the first Saturday of May upon us, it’s time for another edition of Ultimate Coffee Date with Deborah and CoCo where we have a virtual coffee date with one another to catch up, chit-chat, gossip, shoot the bull, etc. So, grab your favorite mug, get comfy in your favorite chair and let’s chat!May 2017 (1).png Continue reading

Quarry Crusher Race Series ~ Birmingham

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This series is the only group of organized races in the country which allow runners to run inside a operational rock quarry. They are sponsored by Vulcan Materials and currently there are six race locations: Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbia, Baltimore, San Diego and San Antonio. The inclines are brutal on the quads, the descents will grind the glutes while the spectacular views will almost make you forget the pain! Continue reading

Running Gear to Evening Wear

Whew, what a week! My entire week was consumed with three things …running, working and primping. Yes, you heard me …primping. Major Hubs and I had a date Saturday evening for the Mississippi National Guard Officer’s Convention, which is a formal affair, and this year, the Major was part of the program. This meant that we’d be sitting at the head tables, on display for hundreds of others to watch ….so obviously, everything had to be perfect! In between training runs and some accounting work I had to finish for a client, I was either trying on dresses, getting mani/pedi’s, shoe shopping or getting my hair colored. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to pamper myself …but for some reason, when it has to be done all in the same week, it becomes more of a chore than a treat. Life is hard when you’re a woman! 🙂 Continue reading

April Runfessions

It’s FriYAY and another month is coming to a close which means it’s time to cleanse our souls or soles …or maybe both! This, quite possibly, may be everyone’s favorite link-up as we runners tend to get pretty uptight about things from time to time and let’s be honest, just like our sweaty running gear …sometimes, we just need to “air things out”. So let’s get right to it, shall we?tumblr_mxrk1aCoT41qft49to1_500

 

I runfess…

After discovering that one of my only pair of Injinji socks (which I absolutely have to wear for runs longer than 6 miles) has gone AWOL, last seen in the dirty clothes hamper, I promptly logged in to my Amazon account and ordered another multiple pairs. It’s been 8 days now and the lone sock is still sitting atop my dresser, waiting for the return of its mate. I can’t bring myself to move it to the “single sock bin” yet ….because we all know what happens to those! Any other sock would have promptly been relocated, but my beloved Injinji’s ….just no! I’m still holding out hope that it will turn up and in the meantime these new babies better arrive today because there’s a 9 miler on the training schedule for tomorrow. If not, I’ve actually considered wearing the lone sock along with a regular sock …since it just so happens to be the foot that tends to blister. Desperate times call for desperate measures! 66ed1e52c864512290dd273c3344ee30

I runfess….

While I’m ashamed to admit it, I used to think Jeff Galloway and his run/walking deal wasn’t for “real” runners. I know, I know ….I feel the shame. Whenever I would see people doing this in a race, I would think “just run! If you have to stop and walk in the first mile, then just slow your running down” for goodness sakes. But oh, how sweet a big slice of humble pie can be! After trying this method over the past several weeks and not only enjoying it, but also finding that my overall times are improving …I now think the man is a freaking genius! It is perfect for nursing injuries, getting acclimated to the heat and humidity and also serves as great speed work if you really push yourself on the run intervals. I’m not sure that I will use this in short distance racing, but definitely will incorporate it into half marathons. And just to quiet those indignant runners (like myself), I’m thinking about sporting one of these shirts …..187e6b4380c30325d29d78f598ee7be1

I runfess…

I have gotten to the point that I don’t even want to look at race pictures of myself anymore. I mean seriously… I either look like I’m walking, crawling, or dying, I’m either wiping my nose or looking spastic. And I truly think that the camera adds 20lbs to my thighs! For every one decent picture they capture, there’s always at least three hideous ones that make me cringe. In an effort of always “keeping it real”, here’s the latest…..

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Yep, there it is …isn’t it lovely? I look like a have some serious “junk in my trunk” and my thighs look like tree trunks. And that’s all just icing on the cake to the spastic wave and look of sheer surprise on my face. Geez, this may be the worst one yet. They did get a halfway decent one of me crossing the finish line in which my thighs look a little closer to their actual size…Vulcan Materials 5K_20170422_0597

Clearly I need to either hide from the race photographers or amp up my “leg day” workouts.

I runfess….

After my lucky streak of winning giveaways I’ve had recently and in light of the way my thighs looked in the above mentioned runfession, I registered to win a free Cool Sculpting treatment. I mean, why not? If it’s free, non invasive and could possibly freeze the heck out of some stubborn fat cells that have taken up residence around my mid-section, hips and thighs …I’m all over that. Here’s to hoping my my lucky streak continues!

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Let it go, let it go ….let the fat cells go!

 

I runfess….

My latest guilty pleasure is this little pint-sized bucket of pure sweet and salty deliciousness and I may or may not have indulged in the entire container last week …halo-top-sea-salt-caramel31012017….which obviously went straight to my thighs as evidenced by Saturdays race photos! Shakira hit the nail on the head when she said “hips don’t lie” ….and I’m here to tell ya that neither do the thighs! I’ve given very specific instructions to Major Hubs to limit my intake the next time I sit down with this seemingly innocuous pint of “healthy” ice cream. He gave me the look that says ….”I’m smarter than that!”when-your-hips-dont-lie-liggoafvofficial-little-did-the-horse-8504809

And with that, I’ll wrap up this session of Runfessions! Please join Marcia, our lovely hostess, and other runners as we bare our soles and souls!

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I’m also linking up with Rachel and Meranda and Lacey for the  Friday Five 2.0 link. There’s so much fun on these last Fridays of the month, you’ll definitely want to join in!

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What’s your favorite Halo Top flavor? Are you guilty of ever indulging in the entire pint? Do you love or hate your race pics? Have you or anyone you know ever had a Cool Sculpting treatment? Pros/Cons?

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one runfession at a time!